If you regularly drink more than 14 units a week, try these simple tips to help you cut down. You may need to consult a doctor if you drink excessively.
Tip 1 – Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink.
Tip 2 – Set a budget
Whether you are going out or buying drink for the house, only take out a fixed amount of money with you to spend.
Tip 3 – Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you’re cutting down and that it’s important to you, you could get support from them.
Tip 4 – Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day and set mini goals for yourself. The daily achievements will be a great motivator.
Tip 5 – Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Tip 6 – Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You’ll find this information on the bottle.
Tip 7 – Stay hydrated
Drink a pint of water before you start drinking, and don’t use alcohol to quench your thirst. Have a soft drink instead.
Tip 8 – Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
*DRiNKLiNK has no affiliation with Drinkaware but we found this nifty unit calculator during our research and thought some of you may find it helpful.